Cubs vs. Rockies Friday Prediction
The Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies will open a new series in Denver Friday night at 8:40 p.m. ET. Are the Cubs a good play on the road or will the Rockies take care of business at home?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, April 20, 2018
8:40 p.m. ET, Coors Field
TV: CHC (WGN); COL (ATTR)
Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Cubs as a -115 favorite. As of this writing, 51% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Rockies to beat the Cubs on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Cubs' Hendricks coming off nice start vs. Pirates
Kyle Hendricks pitched six innings of two-run ball Thursday in a loss to the Pirates.
The runs came on solo homers from Gregory Polanco and Adam Frazier. Hendricks struck out seven, which in one more K than he had in his first two starts combined. He's still winless despite a 3.71 ERA in three turns.
Rockies' Gray continues to struggle
Jon Gray struggled in a losing effort against the Nationals on Saturday, allowing five runs on eight hits across 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander did manage to strike out six on the afternoon while issuing just one walk. He had allowed just one run through the first five frames, a solo homer to Matt Wieters, but the Nationals finally got to him and broke the game open with a four-spot in the sixth.
Gray hasn't been good through his first four starts, registering a 6.23 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. He'll look for better when he takes on the Cubs at home on Friday.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cubs are 0-4 in Hendricks' last four starts and are 1-4 in his last five outings versus National League West rivals.
The Rockies are 1-4 in Gray's last five starts and are 2-8 in his last 10 outings coming off five days of rest.
The over hasn't been a great bet in Colorado yet but I think that'll change tonight. The over is 5-0-1 in Gray's last six starts, is 5-2 in his last seven home outings, and is 7-2 in his last nine starts versus National League Central. The Cubs' offense came alive on Thursday afternoon, bullying a good pitcher in Luke Weaver. What will they do tonight against a struggling Gray? I'll take the chance on another offensive barrage and lay the juice on the over.
The Pick: Giants/Padres under 8